The Luigi Chiarini Library is the fourth of our new associate partners. The Library, devoted to collecting materials around cinematogrophy, has a special collection dedicated to fashion and costumes.
The Fashion and Costume collection contains over a 1.000 bibliographical documents. Initially, the collection was mainly used by students of the National Cinema School , but over the years costume designers have also found their way to the collection.
To Europeana Fashion, the Library will be contributing illustrations of costume design from rare books and fashion magazines dating back to the 1800s. The illustrations cover everything from character costume design to the final tailoring choices. They are often accompanied by fabric swatches and detailed notes on hairstyles and accessoires.
Some of these wonderful illustrations are on the Library’s own website in its “Display of Fashion and Costumes” section. The Library will also curate our Europeana Fashion Tumblr this Winter and of course this wonderful collection will soon be available in our portal.